When the dust settles after next year’s State B basketball tournament, the next state tourney could follow in one week, rather than 51.
The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association has begun discussions on bringing the 1998 State 2A Tournament to the Arena.
When the state adopts a fifth classification next year, 2A schools will be those with enrollments between 301 and 600 in the top three grades. Local schools in 2A will be Riverside, Colville, Pullman, Lakeside, Medical Lake, Newport, Chewelah and Deer Park.
The WIAA is interested in Spokane because the 4A and 1A tourneys are scheduled in Western Washington one week after the State B.
One potential hangup is the availability of the Arena for two consecutive Saturday nights during the Spokane Chiefs’ hockey season. As a solution, Saturday’s placing games could be started early and the championship games could be moved to Eastern Washington University.
Championship night entertainment this year will feature the Lewis and Clark High School drill team and a singing 10-year-old Ellensburg girl, a veteran of Continental Basketball Association games, who will sing the National Anthem.
Davis suffers injury
Manson’s Katie Davis, the state scoring leader (25.1 ppg) for Class B girls, injured her knee with 15 seconds left in last Saturday’s District 6 Tournament win over Entiat.
Davis hobbled around on the sidelines during Tuesday’s winner’s bracket games vs. Pateros. Manson lost and must fight through the loser’s bracket to play Pateros again for the lone state berth. Davis holds a slim hope of returning if Manson can qualify.
Showing the way
Girls teams from Rainier and Toutle Lake won last Friday to become the first qualifiers for the State B Tournament.
The following night, Rainier and Toutle Lake reached state before any other boys teams.
Getz hits 1,000 - twice
We reported Friday that Cheney junior Anna Getz hit 1,000 career points against Pullman.
The magic moment actually came the next night, against West Valley.
In the books
Becki Huddle, a four-year starter for Lewis and Clark, joined the Greater Spokane League’s top 10 for career scoring. Her 718 points put her sixth.
CV’s Crystal Lee established the season and career marks this year. She had 335 points, an average of 20.9, the first GSL girl to average 20 points, and finished with 818 for her career. Teammate Andrea Kallas scored 274, making them the highest-scoring duo in league history. The Bears scored a record 1,192 points, an average of 74.5 in 16 games.
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